Homeless pets rescued by charity this Christmas

Daily Echo: Mike Thornton and a cat at the Blue Cross Shelter Mike Thornton and a cat at the Blue Cross Shelter

A HAMPSHIRE rescue centre has already taken 21 homeless puppies in the run-up to Christmas.

And Eastleigh's MP is appealing to the public to think carefully this festive season before taking on a pet.

Mike Thornton was at the Southampton Blue Cross rehoming centre where he met some of its newest arrivals.

The 12 dogs of Christmas featured in the Daily Echo are among the 21 puppies the animal centre has taken on so far this Christmas-time and the team, at Bubb Lane, West End, are currently caring for 75 unwanted and abandoned cats and dogs in total.

He said: “It's a real shame that pets will potentially be spending Christmas without a home of their own.

“Seeing all these lovely animals in need of homes is stark reminder that although pets can bring great joy, they are also a real responsibility and often end up being given up when their owners realise they can't care for them.

“It's really important to do your research think about whether you really have the time and money necessary to care for a pet. They should never be an impulse buy or a surprise gift.”

Staff will be making sure animals in their care get a special dinner on Christmas day, but say they really need the public's support to fund healthchecks and toys.

To find out more call 0300 777 1530 or log on to bluecross.org.uk.

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